Dental Implants in Wokingham

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Implants

A dental implant is becoming an increasingly popular way of replacing missing teeth. They can be used to support one or more false teeth. It is an artificial root made of titanium that can replace the rootof a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.

Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment with proven success rates of over 95% over a fifteen year period. Implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.

If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.

What happens next?

If you are interested in having a dental implant(s) placed, book in for a free chat with a dentist here to discuss this further.

The following stages outline the sequence of appointments needed for your implant consultation.

  • 1. Initial consultation At this appointment, you will have x-rays, photographs and dental impressions taken. All this information is then put together and assessed to make sure that implants are suitable for you.
  • 2. Implant Placement The artificial root is then placed in to the jaw bone and left to heal for a period of 8-10 weeks. After your implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to grow onto them and fuse to them. This usually takes a few months. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the false teeth to be attached sooner than this.

    If you are having implants placed in an area that you can see when you smile, you may have a temporary denture placed in the meantime. If you have a denture already, you can keep wearing this while your implants are healing but it will need altering, to fit properly after the surgery. A 'healing cap' will usually be placed onto the implant site to protect it.
  • 3. Uncovering your implant The implant will be uncovered at this appointment and the stability will be checked. We may at this appointment then take impressions for you crown.
  • 4. Fitting your crown At this appointment, you will have the healing cap removed and a custom made extension (known as the abutment) is attached to your implant. Your custom made crown is then attached to this.
  • 5. Follow-up At all further examinations, your implant will be examined and x-rays will then be taken on a yearly basis to check the stability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do implants hurt?

Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.

We do offer sedation if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one.

Are the implant teeth difficult to clean?

Aftercare is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you'll be shown methods to help you. You may need to visit your hygienist more often but your dentist will be able to talk to you about this.

Are there any other options?

To replace missing teeth you can often consider dentures, bridges or implants. Not all options however are always suitable and all cases have to be assessed individually.

The advantages of dental implants are: